From Inverness, it’s up to Culloden to remind ourselves of the Jacobite uprising or the ‘45. No problem with parking – there is a large visitors centre. It seems sort of fitting that we are here the same day as the SNP (assisted by labour and the rest of the opposition benches, not to mention a few soon-to-not-be Conservatives) sticks it to Johnson on No-Deal-Brexit. We walk out onto the battlefield for an hour or so – quite sobering.
From Culloden, a quick visit to Balloch were T grandparents used to live and then along to Brodie castle, their final resting place! A tour of the castle (sorry, photos not allowed) and a visit to the Smith Memorial bench.
Time was getting on and we decided to just sit tight in the NTS car park and see if we were moved on. Nope. It ended up a quiet (but rainy) night.
The next morning, we visit the Brodie Country Fare and top up on regional products. From there, about 35km south to Grantown on Spey. Our neighbour in Horley moved here about fifteen years ago and we wanted to catch up – we have not seen her for ten years.
We got settled in the campsite – a lovely place called Grantown on Spey Caravan Park. Becky came and picked us up after lunch and took us to see her house. She and her farmer husband Graham are just completing a self build of a wonderful house on the hills overlooking the Spey. They are rightfully very proud of their place but it was hard not to be just as entranced by the view across the valley taking in the Spey. Back to Grantown and then Graham and Becky took us to a pub on a backstreet in the town that serves amazing pie and chips – the Craig Bar. Beer, farming, politics and pies. A great evening. We vowed not to leave it a decade before we next meet up!